All Talk: An Ode to Foals and 10 years of Antidotes

Having formed in Oxford over ten years ago, life for an indie millennial is unimaginable without Foals. Whether it’s that ‘Hummer’ or ‘Spanish Sahara’ come to mind when ever you think of Skins or you spent a long Summer with ‘What Went Down’ on loop, the iconic sound of the five-piece is continually recognisable. Their post-punk tinged debut album ‘Antidotes’ shot the band to fame in 2008, reaching Number 3 in the UK Album Chart and formally putting the ‘math-rock’ sub-genre on the mainstream map. Ten years on, social media has been rife with mention of a fifth studio album currently in the works from the infamous alt-rock group.

The album and the band themselves were a catalyst for this fresh take on indie rock, with a pop-like beat that splattered a burst of colour across the dark independent scene and coaxed it out of the dreary depths it was headed toward. Foals’ identity is personified with singles featuring on classic noughties coming-of-age TV shows ‘Misfits’ and ‘Skins’, which featured depictions of wayward teenage nights fueled by hormones and hyper-activity. As well as the now-legendary house parties that the band would host after the gigs of their early days. It may now be folklore but once upon a time Foals would swoop into the after-parties of local friends and gig-goers, drill out a makeshift version of Antidotes and effervescently accompany attendees until the early hours of the morning.

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Since the aboriginal days of Foals, they are now not uncommon amongst festival lineups and can easily sell-out an arena tour, but will also happily dwell within smaller venues – thus highlighting their adoration for meeting the need of the every-man. Their show is equally glorious whether at Bristol’s SU: The Anson Rooms (2015) or headlining the world’s largest festival; Glastonbury in 2016. Each time, an audience gyrates to the likes of ‘Two Steps Twice’ and ‘Inhaler’, lip-syncs every word and leaves with a beaming sense of euphoria – the city that brought us Radiohead also brought us Foals, two indisputably British bands that remain amongst music chatter decades after their debut on to the circuit. A new album will satisfy our quench for more, when really we’ve already had so much but not nearly enough.